The Skoda Vision 7S concept provides us with a significant hint as to how the production version of the Enyaq SUV will appear. Skoda is currently developing a larger version of the Enyaq SUV that will have seven seats and could arrive in dealerships as early as 2026.
Skoda Vision 7S Concept Revealed
The three-row electric prototype will eventually give way to a production SUV, which will be one of Skoda’s three new electric vehicles that will be introduced within the next five years. Two of those will be small hatchbacks, and the other will be a small crossover, but the Vision 7S will be Skoda’s flagship model, and it will compete with the Kodiaq for the market share that the Kodiaq currently holds, despite the fact that the two models are likely to initially overlap in the marketplace.
It will utilize the same MEB electric platform that is utilized by the company’s Enyaq EV, in addition to other electric vehicles within the Volkswagen family, such as the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Audi Q4 e-Tron. Skoda claims that the idea is equipped with an 89 kWh battery, which provides a range of more than 373 miles (600 km). However, the charging time for this battery is what makes this concept so interesting. Drivers of Enyaqs have access to a maximum charging rate of 120 kW, but Skoda claims that its 7S can charge at a more competitive rate of 200 kW. However, even this figure is surpassed by charging capabilities offered by Korean competitors.
The Vision 7S has a dual purpose: first, it familiarises us with the concept of a larger electric SUV, and second, it serves as a showcase for Skoda’s new “contemporary solid” design language as well as the company’s new branding. The 7S does away with the conventional Skoda emblem that is black and silver and instead features silver lettering that picks out the brand name above the grille.
But the new badging is the least remarkable part of the 7S’s appearance. The seven vertical slots in the front and rear bumpers dominate the design, giving the impression that the concept is trying out for the role of Bane in a new version of The Dark Knight Rises. Or, it’s possible that Skoda’s designers just spent much too much time staring at the photographs of Jeeps that were pinned up on their mood board.
Above the bumper, slots is a pair of slim headlights that rise to meet ultra-slim horizontally-mounted DRLs. Additionally, the company’s trademark front grille shape is carried over from current cars to make them easily identifiable; however, this time it contains a dark glass screen rather than grille bars. Skoda refers to the revised front end as Tech Deck, and the company asserts that it lends an air of power to the 7S. But it also has an appearance that is unmistakably high-end, much like the back-end design, which is clearly influenced by Range Rover.
However, it is almost guaranteed that the suicide rear doors and lack of a B-pillar will not make it into production. Additionally, at least part of the 7S’s interior elements will not make it into the final product. The concept’s 22-inch wheels could make it into production. One that has a chance of being implemented is a camera that is installed on the roof and can transmit images to the infotainment display that is located in the dashboard of the vehicle while the child seat is turned to face the back of the vehicle. Skoda says that the baby seat should be installed in the concept vehicle’s central tunnel since they believe it to be the safest location for it.
The dual-configuration interior’s “relax mode” is however one of the more interesting aspects, and even owners who do not have children may find it to be a feature worth appreciating, particularly in light of the fact that the charging rate is not the fastest in its class. If you press a button on the center console, the 14.6-inch portrait touchscreen will rotate so that it is better suited for watching movies. Additionally, the rectangular steering wheel and dashboard will slide forward to create more space for front-seat occupants, and those front seats will rotate inwards and recline. When you’re spending that time in a cabin that’s been as carefully designed as this one, being delayed at an electric vehicle charging station for half an hour won’t seem like such a big deal.